HVNP: Limited Parking, Long Lines Anticipated for Park Reopening

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will reopen on Saturday, September 22 at 10 a.m., National Public Lands Day.

Park visitors should anticipate heavy traffic, long lines and delays, and one third fewer parking spaces when visiting the park.

Most of the park has been closed to visitors since Friday, May 11, due to hazardous volcanic and seismic activity at the summit of Kīlauea.

The reopening date falls on National Public Lands Day, a fee-free day, so entrance fees will not be charged on September 22. Entrance fees will go into effect on Sunday, September 23.

“We are thrilled to welcome our public back and share the incredible changes that have taken place,” said Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “We ask that you stay alert to these profound changes while enjoying your park and its resources.”

Before the closure, the park averaged 5,500 visitors per day and many parking lots were often full by 10 a.m. Now, the available parking around the summit is reduced by one third. If a parking lot is full, visitors should seek parking at a different destination such as Mauna Ulu or at the coast.

Vehicles parked outside of designated stalls are subject to citation and may be towed. There will be limited services and no potable water as the park returns to normal operations. Visitors should bring snacks, plenty of drinking water, and a full tank of gas is also recommended.

NPS photo.